A crew of real estate agents descended on Donnelly Park Thursday morning, not because the iconic lake in the park was suddenly put on the market, but instead to give the area a good cleaning.
Agents from both Turlock PMZ offices, wearing matching t-shirts, spent half a day cleaning up the city's largest park as part of the company's Blue United campaign.
PMZ's Blue United Day, designated as June 19 this year, was a day where all PMZ offices throughout the Central Valley got together to give back to the communities they serve.
"We picked up garbage, trimmed trees, cleaned the bathrooms, and took debris out of the lake," said PMZ Turlock and Los Banos Sales Manager Roddy Breshears. "It's just our small way to thank the community and give back to the community."
Eighteen agents from the Turlock PMZ offices worked with the City of Turlock maintenance worker responsible for the upkeep of Donnelly Park. He brought the tools and laid out the work to be done and the real estate agents, more used to doing office work, got their hands dirty.
And it was definitely a dirty job, according to Breshears.
"It really drove home to respect the parks. We were surprised at the amount of debris..if everyone just took an extra minute to think about when they drop something in the garbage can that it actually goes in, it would make a huge difference. We pulled a lot of sandwich wrappers out of the lake," he said.
"It makes us more conscious when we take our families to the park to do our part to keep the parks clean."
Although this was the first year PMZ Turlock took part in Blue United, the local real estate agents have a history of community service.
"We've participated in Love Turlock and Turlock Shines a couple of times," said Breshears. "This was an event planned out for everyone to do on the same date; we'll probably end up doing something like this twice a year."